Breaking: Buhari Okays Review of Grazing Reserves in 25 States

2021-08-20
ThIS DAY Newspaper

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday gave a go ahead for the immediate review of Grazing Reserves in 25 out of the 36 states of the federation.

This, he said, was in line with the recommendations of a committee earlier in the year to review “with dispatch,” 368 grazing sites, across 25 states in the country, “to determine the levels of encroachment.”

A release by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, stated that President Buhari’s directive followed his approval of the recommendations of a committee chaired by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
Among others, the committee had recommended the collection of field data on 368 Grazing Reserves across 25 states to assess encroachment and encroachers, stakeholder engagements and sensitization.

The Committee also recommended production of maps and geo-mapping/tagging of sites, analysis of findings and report preparations as well as design appropriate communication on Grazing Reserves and operations.
The number of the Grazing Reserves and States were deduced from considerations of existing security concerns and other pre-existing socio-economic conditions.

The President directed that the assignment be undertaken with dispatch to bring more understanding on the Grazing Reserves, and implementation.
Members of the committee included Governor of Kebbi State and Vice Chairman, National Food Security Council, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of NEC Sub-Committee for National Livestock Transformation Plan, David Umahi; Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono; Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar; and Deputy Chief of Staff, Ade Ipaye.

The Technical Sub-Committee consisted of representatives from the seven members of the main committee in addition to representatives from Ministry of Justice, Surveyor General of the Federation, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) and National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA).

The Terms of Reference of the Committee, which held its inaugural meeting on May 10, 2021, include to collate from states and confirm the status of all Grazing Reserves, assess the percentage of available land and those with existing encroachment complications for case-by-case resolution in partnership with state governments and the FCT.

The Committee was also expected to make recommendations for gazetting of ungazetted Grazing Reserves and create a data base of National Cattle Herders and ensure that Grazing Reserves were well communicated to all stakeholders.

 

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